2012 V-Strom 1000
Hello, I bought a 2012 V-Strom 1000 just over a week ago and have 500 miles on it already. I come from a Kawasaki KLR650, then a Yamaha FZ6, Yamaha FZ1, and a Honda 919. Compared to those the Strom is super comfortable and I feel I have lost none of the sportiness I like. My biggest requirement after the 919 was a windshield and luggage. I got both with the Strom.
My V-Strom has an unknown aftermarket windshield, tiny little Givi side cases, and a Pelican 1520 hard mounted to the top rack. Previous owner did all maintenance recently, although at 30k miles I am not sure when the last valve check was. He put Pirelli Angel GT's on and they seem great so far.
The bike has a coupe quirks and noises that I am trying to figure out if are broken or normal. So far I have read about SV1000 brake upgrade, the clutch basket thing, and the massive improvements a PCV and tune can do. I am hoping to alleviate the rough shudder under 3000 RPM and the snaps at high RPM full throttle. Sounds like backfire inside header tube maybe? Also I want to tune the suspension, it nosedives hard under braking but I am 265# so, maybe custom springs and heavier oil?
Anyways, love the bike so far! Just stocking up on waterproof gear so I can keep riding into the fall!